Ukraine and Moldova are given candidate status by the EU. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky cheers for the decision.
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The EU’s top leaders met in Brussels on Thursday to assess whether the two countries should be admitted as candidate countries. Their desire to join the EU has been strengthened by Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.
– The EU summit has just decided to give candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. A historic moment. Today marks an important step on their way to the EU, Michel writes Twitter.
He congratulates the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyj and the President of Moldova Maia Sandu, as well as the people of both countries.
Thanks from Zelenskyj
Zelensky thanks EU leaders.
– A sincere thank you to the EU leaders’ decision to grant Ukraine candidate status. It is a unique and historic moment in the relationship between Ukraine and the EU, Zelenskyj writes on Twitter.
– Ukraine’s future is in the EU, writes Zelenskyj.
The President of Moldova also expresses gratitude.
– It is a historic day for Moldova, she writes.
Sandu had a telephone conversation with Zelenskyj before the decision in which the two expressed a strong will to strengthen cooperation to become integrated into the EU.
– Good day for Europe
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signs Twitter that it is a good day for Europe.
– Congratulations to President Zelensky and President Sandu. Their country is part of the European family, von der Leyen writes.
She says that the decision strengthens the whole of Europe and the EU.
– It shows again to the world that we are united and strong when we face external threats, she says.
A lot of work remains
Von der Leyen emphasizes that a lot of work needs to be done in Ukraine and Moldova.
Georgia also wants to become one of the EU’s candidate countries, but has been told that the country must implement several reforms before that can happen.
The EU summit acknowledges the work Georgia has done and states that the country will receive candidate status when certain issues are resolved.
– Congratulations to the Georgian people, says Charles Michel.